Evanston, IL (Sept. 7, 2011)  — For the fourth year in a row, the American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®) will take part in the American Heart Association’s Metro Chicago Heart Walk in the Chicago area, Sept.  23-Oct. 1, 2011. AMTA massage therapists from Illinois will be onsite, providing 10-minute massages to Walk participants.

More than 20,000 walkers will participate in the four events that will help fund groundbreaking heart and stroke research, as well as education initiatives that provide life-saving information to those who need it most. Information will include how to eat better, how to recognize the warning signs of heart attack and how to talk to a doctor about critical health choices. Walkers also will have the opportunity to visit areas that honor survivors, inspire heart-healthy changes and celebrate significant lifestyle changes during the event.

“We are honored that AMTA has once again been asked to participate in such an important event to support research and education for the prevention of America’s number one killer: cardiovascular disease,” says AMTA President Glenath Moyle. “This opportunity allows our members to give back to their community, while demonstrating the value of massage to a person’s health and wellness. There are so many heart-healthy benefits of massage, including temporarily lowering blood pressure and helping to relieve anxiety and stress.”

The American Massage Therapy Association is the largest non-profit, professional association for massage therapists with more than 56,000 massage therapist and massage therapy school members. AMTA works to advance the profession through ethics and standards, the promotion of fair and consistent licensing of massage therapists in all states, and public education on the benefits of massage.

AMTA’s Find A Massage Therapist® free national locator service helps consumers find AMTA massage therapists throughout the U.S. The service is available via AMTA’s website at www.findamassagetherapist.org and toll-free at 888-843-2682 (888-THE-AMTA). October 23-29, 2011 AMTA members will celebrate National Massage Therapy Awareness Week® to attract attention to the benefits of massage, including those that benefit heart health.